Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kwame Kilpatrick has been accused of fraud and tax evasion

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in jail for a probation violation for a separate crime, has been indicted for using money from a non-profit civic fund for personal and political expenses and to pay friends and relatives and give them gifts. The 19-count indictment accuses Kilpatrick of tapping the fund - created for voter education and improving neighborhoods - to pay for counter-surveillance and anti-bugging equipment, yoga lessons, golf clubs and instruction and summer camp for his children. While Kilpatrick was mayor he received unreported taxable income of $640,000 from 2003 to 200. He is accused of filing false tax returns, failing to declare the income and failing to declare that income in the tax years 2003-2007. He is accused of evading taxes in 2008. Kilpatrick is already serving an 18-month sentence for violating his probation on obstruction of justice charges related to a sex scandal involving a former staff member.

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